Staples High School had long planned a lockdown drill for this week. The day and time were unannounced, however, to make it as realistic as possible. It is uncertain whether today’s lockdown at Staples was part of that planned drill, or not.
This afternoon, superintendent of schools Colleen Palmer sent this message:
Dear Families of Westport Students,
There is no known threat at this time, but out of an abundance of caution due to some information that has been uncovered during the school day, Staples High School will be dismissed at approximately 1:15 p.m. this afternoon. Until dismissal, students and staff have been asked to shelter in place.
WPD is on site with support. Please do not disrupt our dismissal by coming to the high school at this time.
All after-school activities at Staples are cancelled.
Further communication will be forthcoming.